Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Jedi 'religion' grows in Australia

From this article from BBC news in August 2001.

More than 70,000 people in Australia have declared that they are followers of the Jedi faith, the religion created by the Star Wars films.

A recent census found that one in 270 respondents - or 0.37% of the population - say they believe in "the force", an energy field that gives Jedi Knights like Luke Skywalker their power in the films.

Most of the 70,509 people who wrote Jedi on their census forms were suspected to have done so in response to an e-mail encouraging all Star Wars fans to get it recognised as an official religion. But the Australian Bureau of Statistics said it would be categorised as "not defined".

"When you look at it you probably have got about 5,000 people in that 70,000 that were true hard-core people that would believe the Jedi religion carte blanche," Chris Brennan from the Australian Star Wars Appreciation Society told ABC Radio.

"Then you would have 50,000 fans that said 'oh yeah we'll just put down Jedi for fun, we don't actually have a religion of our own'.

"Then you probably have 15,000 people who did it just to give the government a bit of curry," he said.

Once again, it's census time in Australia. This year, you can to choose to do it online as well. I strongly encourage you, if you're an Aussie, that when you fill in the census this year, put "Jedi" as your religion.

Let's try and beat the 70,000 (0.37% of the population) we got in 2001.

May the force be with you.....

1 comment:

Marko said...

I belive in Force.. Why not? What if there is some another energy? I belive that it can be something true in that story of Force.. But where can I register that I am the follower of the Jedi faith?? May the force be with you.. thnx..